Mindfulness & Well-Being
At St John Vianney, we know how important it is to keep our minds healthy as well as our bodies. In school, we have ‘Peace Out’ time, yoga, ‘Calm Me’ (in Jigsaw lessons) and we talk about our feelings and mental health.
Wellbeing is about our thoughts, feelings, emotions and ability to react to life. A good sense of wellbeing is feeling okay and able to cope, even when life or situations are challenging.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
During the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns we have experienced, millions of people turned to nature, going for walks outside and connecting with nature to help with their mental health and well-being. During Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May 2021), we fully embraced the theme of connecting with nature. All classes spent time in our wonderful school grounds to notice and be curious about the natural world: feeling the grass between our toes; collecting leaves, twigs, seeds; doing meditation and yoga outside; and creating art work from what we had collected.
Try these 12 bite-sized mindfulness activities to help you with feeling calm and positive in these challenging times.
Below are some links to websites which you can also access at home to help you learn to be ‘mindful’ and look after your mental health and well-being.
Cosmic Kids (the home of Peace Out): making yoga and mindfulness fun for kids!
Annaka Harris: Guided Meditation for Children
GoNoodle Kids encourages you to get up and get your bodies moving, making screen time active with dance videos, yoga exercises, and mindfulness activities.
Calm Zone (Childline)
These ‘calm zone’ activities from Childline may help you feel better if you are feeling anxious, scared or sad.